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Fatma Sonmez-Leopold

Fatma Sonmez-Leopold

Associate Teaching Professor of Finance

Room: 120B
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PhD, The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management/University of Toronto (Finance)
MS, Middle East Technical University (Engineering Management )
MS, Middle East Technical University (Mathematics)
BS, Hacettepe University (Mathematics)

Dr. Fatma Sonmez-Leopold is an associate teaching professor of finance. She earned a B.S. in mathematics from Hacettepe University in Ankara-Turkey and two M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Engineering Management/Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara-Turkey. With a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Toronto, she most recently was an assistant professor of finance at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her teaching and research interests include empirical asset pricing, investments, corporate finance, behavioral finance and household finance. She will teach investment, fixed income and introductory finance courses.

Research Topics

  • "Betting on Leverage"
  • Kimberly Cornaggia
  • Tim Simin and Fatma Sonmez-Leopold
  • Working paper March 2019

Fixed Income Securities;
Behavioral Finance;

Her research interests include empirical asset pricing, investments, corporate finance, behavioral finance and household finance.

Selected Publications
  • "The Cash Effect in Stock Returns: Now You See It, Now You Don’t", Journal of Accounting and Finance, 16(8), 93-115, 2016 (with Cleary, S.)
  • "Rethinking Idiosyncratic Volatility: Is It Really a Puzzle?", Frontiers in Finance and Economics, 10(1), 1-29, 2013
  • "An Institutional Trading, Momentum, and Idiosyncratic Volatility", Investment Management and Financial Innovations, 10(2), 55-63, 2013
  • "Oscillation of Second Order Nonlinear Impulsive Delay Differential Equations", Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems Series A: Mathematical Analysis, 16, 221-231, 2009 (with Zafer, A.)
  • "Does Inflation Have an Impact on Stock Market Volatility: Evidence from Turkey and Canada", International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, 11, 122-132, 2008

Awards and Honors

  • Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition - the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) (2021)
  • The Top 50 Business Undergraduate Professor - Poets and Quants (2020)
  • Meredith Teaching Recognition Award - Syracuse University (2020)
  • Whitman Teaching Fellowship Award (2019)
  • Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation Grant (2014)
  • SSHRC 4A Research Award (2013)
  • Midwest Finance Association Best Paper Award for PhD Students (2009)
  • Southwestern Finance Association Best Paper Award in Investments for PhD Students (2009)
  • Pacific Institute Mathematical Sciences, Travel and Accommodation Grant - UBC (2006)
  • Capital Market Graduate Fellowship - Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (2005)